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Grow your own produce and save the earth

PUBLISHED: 16:20 03 July 2008 | UPDATED: 08:26 28 March 2014

Briton's can cut their carbon footprint by up to 40% by growing their own fruit and veg

Growing fruit and veg organically could cut the average Briton’s carbon footprint by almost 40 per cent, while also shaving up to £350 off the average yearly grocery bill.
That’s the findings of research carried by Garden Organic, the leading organic growing charity. The study also found that:
• Organic growers had a carbon footprint 66 per cent lower than the national average
• Despite only using just over half of their garden space, growers were able to produce over 50 per cent of the fruit and veg they consumed in a year
• If the average sized garden was given over to fruit and veg growing, then householders could grow 98 per cent of the fruit and veg they consumed each year, only metres from their back door
• 60 per cent of organic growers eat their own produce daily

The growers who took part in the survey also used manual tools where possible, and made a conscious effort to maintain them, expanding the lifespan of the items and reducing the carbon footprint associated with their production. Those surveyed also tried to limit the amount of waste they were producing by creating their own natural fertilisers and composts to help their plants grow.

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